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Bobbie Ennis "Big Bobbie" Arterberry, Sr
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Birth: Jan. 22, 1934
Imperial County
California, USA
Death: Oct. 6, 2013
Imperial County
California, USA

Bobbie Ennis Arterberry, Sr., who was fondly known as "Big Bobbie" to all of those who knew and loved him, was a giant of a man in the Imperial Valley.

He was born in Brawley on January 22, 1934 as the first child carried full term by the late Ennis and Naomi (Bennett) Arterberry. He remained a proud resident of Brawley until his death. At a young age, Bobbie accepted Christ as his personal savior at New Bethel Baptist Church and re-committed his life to Christ in the early 2000s at New Mount Olive Baptist Church and served as a faithful member of the Deacon Board.

Bobbie attended Hidalgo Elementary School and was a 1952 graduate of BUHS where he excelled academically and set the standard for a family legacy of lettering in all sports, football, basketball, baseball and track. He even held the "high jump" track and field record at BUHS. His record of 6'1'' stood for over ten years. Upon graduation from high school, Bobbie continued attended IVC and paved the way for his younger brother to follow in his footsteps as an outstanding member of the "Arabs football team." Bobbie graduated from IVC in 1954 receiving an A.A. degree in Social Science and returned to IVC and earned another A.A. degree.

While attending IVC, Bobbie met and married the late Jessie Mae Arterberry and brought the "Arterberry Dream Team," Bobbie, Jerry, Gregory, Ronnie and Rodney, into this world. In 1957, Bobbie was drafted into the U.S. Army and served his country with distinction for over 38 years including 35 years in the U.S. National Guard. During his military service, Bobbie obtained the rank of Master Sergeant and had the opportunity to travel and see the world.

Upon returning to Brawley in 1959, Bobbie became the first African American hired by the IID in their Brawley office where he served as a Meter Reader and retired as a Finance professional in 1996.

In 1967, a young woman from Oklahoma, Doretha Craig, caught Bobbie's eye and stole his heart. They were married and he gained a son, Delbert Jackson, in this union. Bobbie and Doretha built a wonderful life together for over 40 years.

One of Bobbie's favorite pastimes was serving as the Club House Operations Manager for the LA Angels during spring training. He kicked off this lifetime highlight in Brawley, California and traveled with the Angels to Holtville, CA, Casa Grande, AZ, Mesa, AZ and Palm Springs, CA. Bobbie would tell unbelievable stories about his time with baseball Hall of Famers, Reggie Jackson and Nolan Ryan.

Bobbie was extremely active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors for the First Imperial Credit Union, Ebonytes Community Organization and the American Legion. Bobbie received numerous awards and honors over the years for his outstanding service to his community and the nation including the U.S. of America Meritorious Service Medal, the U.S. Army Commendation Medal and the CA National Guard Commendation Ribbon with Pendant.

Bobbie loved his family. He supported his sons and grandchildren as they strived to become baseball players the family dreamed of in the majors or even outstanding volleyball players. He was always present at their sporting events, birthday celebrations, graduations, annual family beach party in San Diego, family reunions and holiday gatherings often serving as the lead chef.

He was not immune to health challenges. In 2001, he joined the ranks of advanced medicine, being a recipient of a donated kidney due to the generosity of one of his siblings. Bobbie cherished that gift that kept on giving and daily celebrated the years added to his life journey.

After a courageous and well lived life, God whispered ever so softly well done my good and faithful servant and called Bobbie home in the early morning of October 6th.

Bobbie's parents, Ennis and Naomi; sons, Ronald, Rodney, and Delbert Jackson; daughter-in-law, Schondalawn; grandson, Leon Jackson all preceded him in death.

He leaves to mourn his transition to glory, his lovely wife, Doretha ; his children, Bobbie, Jr. (Romanie), Gerald (Brenda), and Gregory; his siblings, Johnnie (Doris), Peggy Evans, Carl (Johnnie), Chester (Joe Ann), and Stanley (Deborah); grandchildren, Gerald (Monica), Trey, Mia, Isaac, Deshea Jackson, Shonta Jackson, Crystal, Jamison, Mariah, and Chloe; great-grand- child, Aiza Jackson, Devonne Jackson and Jordan; sister-in-law, Jewelene Moore; and a host of nephews, nieces and cousins.

Viewing will be held Friday, October 11th at New Mount Olive Baptist Church in Brawley from 6 to 9 p.m. Service will take place Saturday, October 12th at New Mount Olive Baptist Church at 10 a.m. with burial following at Riverview Cemetery.

Published in Imperial Valley Press Online
on Oct. 11, 2013
Family links: 
  Ennis Arterberry (1903 - 1973)
  Naomi Bennett Arterberry (1909 - 1984)
  Jessie Mae Evans Arterberry (1932 - 2006)*
  Ronald Sheldon Arterberry (1959 - 2008)*
  Rodney Jamison Arterberry (1965 - 2004)*
*Calculated relationship
Riverview Cemetery District
Imperial County
California, USA
Created by: Marilyn
Record added: Oct 16, 2013
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Bobbie Ennis Big Bobbie Arterberry, Sr
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 Added: Oct. 16, 2013

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